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The section of the ancient city wall of Jerusalem recently unearthed at the City of David National Park. Credit: Kobi Harati/City of David.

‘Missing’ section of wall defending Jerusalem prior to Babylonian conquest unearthed in Old City

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Archaeological excavations at the City of David National Park in the Old City of Jerusalem have unearthed the remains of an Iron Age city wall, constructed in the First Temple era, which was designed...
A prehistoric shark tooth found in Jerusalem’s City of David. Photo by Omri Lernau.

Why were dinosaur-era shark teeth found in Jerusalem dig?

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Scientists at Jerusalem’s City of David happened upon an unusual finding recently, when they discovered an ancient cache of 29 shark teeth while excavating the basement of a 2,900-year-old home on the site. Strangely enough, the teeth...
Israeli archeologist Eilat Mazar. Source: Screenshot.

The Jewish woman to whom the stones spoke

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Everything in Israel is about politics. But nothing is more intensely political than archeology. That’s because the moment you stick a shovel in the earth of a place like Jerusalem and start digging, you...
A rare bronze oil lamp, shaped like a grotesque face cut in half, was discovered during excavations in Jerusalem’s City of David National Park, May 5, 2021. Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority.

Matching half of Roman-era lamp unearthed in Jerusalem possibly found in Budapest

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The Roman-era oil lamp recently unearthed in Jerusalem may be the missing half of a similar artifact found in Budapest nine years ago, the City of David Foundation announced on Sunday. Mere hours after publication of the...
U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman speaks to members of the press during an event in Jerusalem on Oct. 14, 2018. Credit: Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90.

Palestinian Authority threatens to sue US ambassador over recognition of City of David

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The Palestinian Authority is threatening to sue outgoing U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman in international courts for recognizing the City of David as a testament to America’s Judeo-Christian heritage and founding principles, Palestinian...
U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman addresses attendees at the opening of the "Pilgrimage Road" renovated by the City of David and excavated by the Israel Antiquities Authority, extending from the Siloam Pool to the Temple Mount. Credit: Ronen Tupelberg, City of David.

US embassy in Jerusalem recognizes city’s link to America’s founding values

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The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, along with the United States Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, held a special ceremony at the City of David on Monday in recognition of the “seminal...
The 2,000-year-old candle-holder unearthed in the City of David in Jerusalem, Dec. 2020. Credit: Koby Harati/City of David archives.

Hasmonean-era oil lamp found in Jerusalem

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Israeli archaeologists have unearthed a candle-holder from the Hasmonean period in the City of David in Jerusalem. The 2,000-year-old lantern, which has been preserved in its entirety, was discovered during excavations in the Old City...
This 2,000-year-old gem seal bearing the image of Apollo was found in earth excavated from the foundations of the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. Photo by Eliyahu Yanai-City of David.

2,000-year old seal bearing portrait of Apollo unearthed in soil around Western Wall

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A 2,000-year-old gem seal (intaglio) bearing the portrait of the Greek god Apollo has been unearthed in soil removed from the foundation of Jerusalem’s Western Wall during the Tzurim Valley National Park sifting project,...
Professor Yuval Gadot from Tel Aviv University with the seal. Credit: Shai Halevy, Israel Antiquities Authority.

Excavations in Jerusalem dredge up a seal impression from after First Temple

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A double stamp impression on a bulla and a seal made of used pottery shreds discovered in the City of David may indicate that despite the plight of Jerusalem after the destruction of the...
A view of the archaeological digging site of the City of David near the Old City of Jerusalem on March 31, 2019. Credit: Hadas Parush/Flash90.

Fearing ‘end of world is near,’ Israeli returns stolen 2,000-year-old City of David artifact

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An Israeli citizen who fears the world is ending amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic recently returned to Jerusalem’s City of David National Park a 2,000-year-old catapult stone he stole 15 years ago. “The time has...